Day 1 Clean Eating challenge

If I want to be able to take care of those that matter to me, I need to take care of myself first!💯

whether you have children, or animals, or needy spouses… They all count on you to be there for them.☀️

I don’t want my health today to be what keeps me from caring for them or doing the things I love!🙄

So yesterday marks day one of my clean eating challenge!🧚‍♀️

even with the busy schedule there are ways to fit in healthy eating.

👉 Premade meals

👉 easy to make shakes

👉 water is your best friend

And if you think it’s too much work just remind yourself what it would be like to not have pain or if you could lose those inches that just won’t go away.

I will share with you my journey over the next month and if you feel like you want to tagalong just let me know! 💖

It’s time to recharge before the holidays!

☀️I am so excited☀️

On Monday I am starting a 30-day clean eating challenge with some friends😍

We got together and decided that we want to be able to enjoy the holidays without our health getting in the way.

There were many holidays where I just didn’t have the energy to keep up with the hustle and bustle. I didn’t want to spend time cooking for everyone because I wanted to sleep.

There were even days where I regretted the foods I ate because I felt so uncomfortable after it all.

Some of you may or may not know that I have been battling an autoimmune disorder😔

👉Joint pain
👉Fatigue
👉Brain fog
👉Stomach problems
👉Skin problems

For the next 30 days I will be eating clean and eliminating certain foods to improve my health.

I am so excited to see how much better I can feel!

I have been slowly getting my energy, muscle tone and stamina back to where it was before I was sick…but there are still days that I just struggle.

Now I will be working on cutting out the junk from my diet.

Certain foods can

😳make you gain weight
😳make you feel bloated
😳prevent you from fighting colds or the flu!

I’m looking forward to feeling better so I can enjoy the holidays and not worry about missing anything because I’m in bed sick.

This challenge is not about starving yourself, or eating foods that you hate. It’s about making smart choices and focusing on fueling your body with the nutrition it needs.

I know my girl Sara loves our time together and I plan on enjoying everyday.

I love hiking with her. I love going on long rides with the horses. I want to enjoy the things that I love.

Come watch us on our journey and let me know if you want to tag along 💖

 

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Essential oils are a great way to relax

As the cooler weather comes in I love to bake!…Sorry guys, these are not cupcakes though😉

These are my own homemade shower steamers.🧚‍♀️ You can add whatever essential oils you want to give you an energized feeling or even help you relax.

These ones are made for a sleepy and relaxing effect. 😴

Super quick an easy to make in only half an hour with much less clean up than cupcakes…plus the house smells sooo good!💖

PS

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Halloween is not far now!

Boo!

Halloween is right around the corner, so I wanted to share a few tricks and treats to help you scare away those Halloween cravings!

I know it can be hard to stick to your goals during the holiday season.

TRICK: KEEP A JOURNAL

It can be helpful yo track your food intake. This will help you lose weight and maintain your weight loss goals. Journaling your intake can help keep you focused on WHY you made these goals in the first place and keep you focused on them. I recommend using an app or special notebook to help making the tracking even easier.

TREAT: PROTEIN POWDER COOKIE DOUGH

Thought you couldn’t enjoy some cookie dough AND achieve your weight loss goals? Think again.

This Healthy Protein Powder Cookie Dough recipe requires only 5 ingredients and is gluten free, paleo/vegan friendly and ready in just 5 minutes!

Ingredients:

1 Packet of Arbonne protein in vanilla

1 Tbsp coconut flour

Pinch of sea salt

2 Tbsp + 2 tsp Unsweetened applesauce

1 tsp Unsweetened vanilla almond milk (optional but recommended)

1/4 tsp Butter extract (optional but recommended)

1/2 Tbsp Dairy-free mini chocolate chips

Preparation:

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the Sustain protein, coconut flour and sea salt.
  • Add in the applesauce, almond milk and butter extract. Stir until fluffy and mixed. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  • ENJOY right away, or chill in the fridge for 10-15 minutes! (This cookie dough is best served immediately as it does dry out quickly)

TRICK: CELEBRATE YOUR SUCCESSES

Losing weight is hard, but especially so during the holiday season.

All the more reason to celebrate all your successes to help keep you motivated. Get a friend to join you in the journey!

Don’t forget to celebrate not only scale changes, but also behavioral changes. For example, if you met your goal of drinking enough water for the week, plan a fun night out or participate in an activity in your community.

TREAT: SPOOKY FRUIT BASKET

Transform your fruit basket (with the help of Everyday Health) into an arrangement of spooky treats for a sweet snack—minus the scary sugar. Kids can get creative in the kitchen with this super-easy, no baking-required recipe!

All you’ll need is a few clementines, bananas, a nontoxic marker, regular chocolate chips and mini dark chocolate chips

Directions: Let your kids get creative with an unpeeled clementine. Your little monsters can design their own pumpkin faces using a nontoxic marker while you peel bananas. After peeling, cut the bananas in half crosswise. Have your kids press two mini dark chocolate chips into the side of the banana for eyes and a regular-size chocolate chip for a ghost mouth, then arrange your scary creations into an eye-catching Halloween treat to share with friends.

All of these are quick and easy tips to help you stay successful on your journey through the holidays!

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Be safe and enjoy yourself!

How much coffee do you drink?

I know many people who have a morning ritual that involves a cup, or even an entire pot of coffee. I used to be one of those people who would drink an entire pot.

May be you drink it for energy.

Maybe you drink it out of habit

Maybe you drink it because you just love the taste.

I was one of those people who used to drink coffee for energy. I was working non stop from 4am to 10pm between my full time job and the horse farm. I didn’t have time to be tired.

Can you relate? Sometimes there is just no time to slow down. This can hurt you physically and mentally though. It becomes a cycle that is hard to break.

Not to mention that coffee can cause your body to be more acidic and make certain illnesses worse if you drink a lot of it. Coffee can actually cause arthritis type conditions to flare up. There’s research that goes both ways on this though of course.

What can you do to make it better?

  • Make time for yourself- doing something that you like can help you destress and unwind.
  • Prioritize what is important- if it’s not important you don’t need to get it done right now.
  • Try not to rely on too much of our favorite morning beverage to keep us going through the day- it can contribute to some health problems that cause fatigue.

I have noticed that since I started my health journey, it has become much easier to cut down on the amount of coffee that I drink. Not only am I not as tired, but I don’t crave it like I used to…. by the way I found out the other day that craving coffee can actually mean that you have a vitamin/mineral deficiency.

You need to check out these fizzy sticks! They have really helped me get my energy back.

Before I started using these products, I was taking things that would treat the symptoms that I was experiencing. As time has gone on though, I don’t need to do this any more. Healing yourself from the inside out helps you so much more in the long term. Why would you choose to use  a short term quick fix?

It’s not even like it’s something that I have to take all day long. Just one stick a day and I’m good to go.

I don’t have that caffeine crash any more. I’m not as hungry throughout the day. I also don’t get that feeling that I just need to take an afternoon nap as much any more. Those used to be a regular thing on my schedule, lol.

Coffee tastes amazing and it does give a little sunshine to the day. But what if you could actually have more energy while feeling better over time?

Between having more energy and my continued fat melting success, I have been pretty happy.

Until next time!

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Do you eat comfort food when you are stressed?

When I am feeling stressed I tend to crave sweets.

If there is candy, cookies or ice cream nearby, I will find it.

Usually I can’t just eat a little bit. I will sit and eat until all that was in front of me is gone. Ugh.

Has this ever happened with you?

Then in the end I don’t even feel better. My stomach will hurt from the sweets because I don’t eat them often, and I become frustrated with myself over eating all this yummy comfort food.

I have been working on a couple different things to fix this.

One of the big things it to prevent stress from making me this overwhelmed. I love doing yoga, and I noticed that when I’m stressed I don’t do it as much. Yoga is supposed to be a great stress reliever though.

So now I make sure that I am making time to do some yoga even when I feel like I don’t want to.

Since I tend to crave sweets when I am stressed, I found this amazing powder packet to help me out as well.

I love that it has a sweet strawberry flavor! It also has some of the key nutrients in it that help combat cravings as well as some that help relieve that stressed feeling.

It’s actually the same electrolyte powder that I have been taking and telling you about! I didn’t realize that this powder would help me in more ways than one.

This powder is going to be a staple in my supplements. It just has so many benefits!

If you click on the tab on the side, you can get $10 off your purchase of Revitalize powder to give it try.

Until next time!

 

How often do you feel overwhelmed or frustrated?

This post might be a little long. I was reading a magazine article and it hit home with me.

I am someone who takes on a lot of responsibilities.

I love creating and working towards goals. I love trying new ideas in order to figure out what may work better.

At the same time, I also make myself overwhelmed and frustrated when there is a lot going on.

Can you relate?

Maybe you’re trying to find that work life balance, or maybe you just go with the flow and wait to see what happens next.

In both instances, life can throw a curve ball sometimes. That stress will then work on eating you alive.

Some of the effects stress can cause inculude

  • lack of sleep
  • food cravings
  • sugar cravings
  • procrastination

All of these can then make that stress feel even worse because it’s hurting your health as well.

What can you do to fight back?

Well when I feel stressed, I pick something that I love to focus on. Some of the things that I love include riding the horses or walking the dogs.

Just taking some time to get fresh air and clear my mind helps to put things in perspective.

I think my next few posts may cover some of these topics to help you find strategies that will help you cope when the stress becomes too much in your life.

Personally, I think the most important thing is to find something you love that takes your mind off it all for a little while.

Looking at things later with a clear head can give you a new perspective that may just show you a solution!

 

Definitely keeping up with my electrolytes!

Nothing like a going for a hike to recharge me physically and mentally👣

The dogs and I spent the morning hiking at Tim’s Ford again💖

When we go early morning it’s so peaceful…plus we got to see a baby deer 🦌!! The little guy was too fast for me to get a picture, but he was just a little bigger than Dinozzo 🐕

They cut up a lot of the fallen trees finally, so we didn’t have to climb over as many. 🌲

Just as I was ordered to do, I have my electrolyte powder with me 🍹It goes everywhere with me now!

I used the get this weak feeling by the afternoon. I felt like I just couldn’t keep myself going.

Plus I would begin to feel a little foggy mentally.

Since I started using this powder, I am able to fight this feeling and continue on with my day.

If you’re looking for a sugar free, and yummy way to get your electrolytes you need to check out Revitalize. You can use the link in the side bar to get $10 off your purchase 💖

It smells so good, Dinozzo thought he would try it 🤣 he has his own liquid gold though🥂

Do you ever share your drink with your pets??

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Sometimes the little things we forget can make the biggest difference!

I have a lot going on in my life right now.

I work full time with my online business. I volunteer full time with the horse rescue. I have people and animals that rely on me to take care of them.

Because of all this, taking care of myself doesn’t happen often. I just don’t have time to slow down.

Earlier in the week, my health forced me yet again to step back and take a breather.

I was getting super dizzy. It was making me feel sick. I felt weak. I just felt overall not good.

So I took my self over to my chiropractor to see what he could do to help.

Right now it’s the middle of summer in Tennessee. It’s hot! I drink a good amount of water everyday.

What I found out was….

You need more than just water when you work outside and it’s hot. You need to replenish the electrolytes that you are losing when you sweat.

I was told that my electrolyte imbalance, and a slight case of vertigo, were the cause of me feeling ill.

When you look at a bottle of Gatorade or Powerade,  there is A LOT of sugar!

All that sugar is not really good for you either.

Luckily for me, I have access to these amazing electrolyte powder packs!

You can find a $10 coupon on the side bar to get your pack of revitalize.

Only 15 calories and no added sugar. Plus it tastes like strawberry! I love this stuff.

Going to be drinking this from now on to keep me going in this hot summer heat.

I’ll let you know how it goes 🙂

 

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Having someone taking a health journey with you is more fun than going alone

Omg you guys…

So both my husband and I were struggling with health problems last year.

My struggle was with an auto-immune disease, his was with his weight and heart.

We tried seven different doctors and specialists, three different hospitals and none were able to give me long term relief.

After going out of state to find holistic specialists and people who specialized in herbal remedies, I was finally able to start healing.

After I started to heal, it was time to heal Joe next. He started taking some of the same products that were helping me.

Once we realized how much these products were changing our lives, we decided to share our story with others.

Our healthy journey has been getting better and better.

This has helped both my husband Joseph and I in so many ways.

I was out riding my horse yesterday working on some transitions between cantering and trotting. He was on target and moving so freely in the front. My strength and balance in the saddle are slowly getting back to where I was before I became sick.

When Joe got home I rode moose to the fence to see him. He was talking with his dad yesterday about how he’s doing, and I heard him talking about how much better he feels because his blood pressure is going down more to normal levels.

This past weekend he even spent a few hours outside mowing and cleaning up the yard.

Then today I sent him a text because almost all the swelling in my throat is gone and I am coughing up some gross stuff.

Everyday seems to get better and better.

Just like everything else, there are setbacks once in a while but our journey together has been nothing but amazing.

The top are my results and the bottom are Joe’s results. Whether you are a man or woman, we can help you.

If you are struggling with your weight loss or joint pain I would love to talk with you and see how I can help. Brookeoakes04@gmail.com.

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